People across Great Yarmouth borough celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Picnic in the park for the Queen's 90th birthday at Caister.Grace Turner with her face painted.Pictu

Picnic in the park for the Queen's 90th birthday at Caister.Grace Turner with her face painted.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

British spirit prevailed in Caister where celebrations marking the Queen’s 90th birthday continued, despite periods of heavy rain.

Hundreds of people turned out to the Norfolk Broads Lions’ picnic in the park event this afternoon.

The day’s festivities included a fancy dress parade for children aged under five, a marine cadets drill display and performances by the Dragons Stage and Theatre School, Caister Junior School choir, Caister School of Dance and the Dumanisani drummers.

Organiser Lorraine Goddard said: “It was a fantastic event despite the rain and I was really happy with the turnout.

“We had some very British weather which was a shame, but us British never let the weather stop us carrying on the party.”

The event was attended by the mayor of Great Yarmouth, councillor Malcolm Bird who judged the fancy dress parade.

Elsewhere, a more unusual choice of a location for a Queen’s birthday was Reedham Railway Station.

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Abellio Greater Anglia asked the station’s adopters if they could put on a tea party in the station’s old waiting room, which has recently been turned into a museum featuring pictures and archives of the station’s historic past. One of the adopter’s, Mike Stoker said: “We decorated the station up with British flags and over the day there was around 70 people that came to celebrate the Queen’s birthday event.

“It was a good way to mark her Majesty’s birthday as well as a good little community gathering.”

Elsewhere a service of celebration was held at Great Yarmouth Minster.

The civic service which was organised by the church was led by Rev Canon Chris Terry.

Music was led by organist and choirmaster, John Stephens and Great Yarmouth Future Brass band. Among other celebrations across the Great Yarmouth borough over the weekend, included a party held at Belton Rectory on Saturday and Catfield Village Hall on Sunday.”